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MLB: Handicapping signs point to Johnson, Florida2010-08-19
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a 4-game set in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night and so far the teams have split two 6-run decisions, with Florida taking the latest encounter in shutout fashion on Tuesday night. That win, a key system, several strong trends, and stud pitcher Josh Johnson going for the Marlins are good signs of a potential repeat performance on Wednesday night. This game is certainly worthy of your consideration, both on the money line and run line. Sportsbook.com currently lists Florida as a -162 favorite, with an accompanying run line of -1.5 (-105).
Johnson didn't look anything like a Cy Young Award contender his last time out, failing to escape the fourth inning in his worst start in more than three years. The right-hander gave up six runs and 10 hits over 3 2-3 innings, failing to record a strikeout in a 7-2 loss at Cincinnati.
Following that rough outing with another seems rather unlikely, as he faces the Pirates and their NL-worst offense. Johnson's ERA has dropped from easily the best in the majors to fourth, but the Marlins (58-60) won't be surprised if he rebounds Wednesday at PNC Park. Pittsburgh is averaging 3.43 runs and hitting .241, both last in the NL.
The Pirates (40-79) mustered six hits against Ricky Nolasco and two relievers in a 6-0 loss Tuesday that evened the four-game set at 1-all. The Marlins held a closed-door meeting after Monday's 7-1 loss.
It's no surprise Pittsburgh has struggled to hit the premier pitching in the NL, but the numbers are still staggering. The nine pitchers other than Johnson that make up the league's top 10 in ERA are 8-2 with a 1.22 ERA in 12 starts against the Pirates.
Aside from who Pittsburgh faces, the presence of Ross Ohlendorf (1-9, 3.95) on the mound seems to guarantee the Pirates' bats will go cold. No starter who has pitched 50 innings has received less support than the 2.24 runs Ohlendorf averages.
The following money line system from FoxSheets gives Florida about an 80% chance of winning tonight, based upon Johnson’s prowess and Pittsburgh’s offensive ineptitude.
Play Against - All underdogs with a money line of +125 to +175 (PITTSBURGH) - bad offensive team (<=4.1 runs/game) against a good starting pitcher (ERA<=3.70) (NL), with a decent bullpen whose WHIP is 1.350 to 1.450 on the season. (68-17 over the last 5 seasons.) (80%, +40.9 units. Rating = 3*)
As indicated earlier, this is also a good potential run line spot, and a completely separate StatFox system will be looking for its seventh straight win behind the Marlins this evening:
Play On - Road teams against a 1.5 run line (FLORIDA) - below average hitting team (AVG <=.255) against a decent starting pitcher (ERA=3.70 to 4.20) -NL, with a starting pitcher whose strikes out 5 or more batters per start. (47-13 over the last 5 seasons.) (78.3%, +33.5 units. Rating = 4*)
The situation's record this season is: (6-0, +6.1 units).
Over the last 3 seasons the situation's record is: (40-8, +31.9 units).
Since 1997 the situation's record is: (95-46, +37.5 units).
The powerful information doesn’t stop there though, as numerous trends seem to indicate that Pittsburgh is in over its head for tonight’s game:
• RUSSELL is 28-69 (-26.7 Units) against the money line vs. an NL starting pitcher whose WHIP is 1.250 or better as the manager of PITTSBURGH. The average score was PITTSBURGH 3.2, OPPONENT 5.1 - (Rating = 1*)
Of course, stranger things than a mild baseball upset on a Wednesday night in August have occurred in sports, but it certainly does look like as solid of a play as they come. We’ll see what happens when the Marlins and Pirates throw out the first pitch at 7:05 PM ET tonight from PNC Park.
MLB: AL West Preview 20102010-06-24
Los Angeles Angels 1st
They lost some key players over the off-season, including Vladamir Guerrero, Chone Figgins, and John Lackey. Whatever they have lost they will make up for in new additions and current players. Los Angeles has one of the strongest rotations in all of baseball with Jered Weaver replacing Lackey at the top. Weaver was 16-8 last season with four complete games and two shutouts, solid numbers for an ace pitcher to have. So far this year he is 5-3 with slightly lower ERA and WHIP marks than last season (3.20 and 1.19). Weaver will assuredly be exciting as the summer (keep an eye on his solid strikeout to inning ratio), but he also has a strong group behind him. Earvin Santana, Joe Saunders, Scott Kazmir, and Joel Piniero fill out the rotation which MLB betting think will be the the weakness for the once powerful Angels.
Starters are not the only strong point of the Angels’ pitching, the bullpen has some worth as well. Losing K-Rod seemed like a devastating blow to Angels fans, but Brian Fuentes did a great job of filling that void last season with 48 saves. Scot Shields, if he can return to form after last season’s injuries, will be a solid contributor to the bullpen. In case Shields does not regain his old spark the Angles have added Fernando Rodney as insurance. From the first to the ninth, the Angels have pitching that will take them to the playoffs.
To make up for the loss of Guerrero the front office went out and got Hideki Matsui as a free agent. Matsui was the World Series MVP for New York last season, and his bat at DH will assuredly make up for Vlad. Matsui does not hit for a high batting average, but he brings home run power and, as his World Series MVP shows, he is a clutch performer.
The Angels really rolled the dice with the letting Figgins go and replacing him with Brandon Wood experiment. If Wood can give the Angels any level of competent play for the remainder of the season they will not notice the loss.
LA has been the dominant force in the AL West in recent years, but some of the other teams are actually close to knocking them off. The Mariners are much improved this season, with a strong pitching core led by Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee. With the retirement of Ken Griffey, Jr. the organization loses a real class act, but it makes them better on the field because they can fill his slot with more production (he was only hitting .184). Ichiro always gives Seattle high levels of output, and ex-Angel Figgins fits into the order nicely. The Texas Rangers have a decent line up led by Rich Harden, but how the Rangers do basically falls on how well he holds up. Texas needs him to come back from his recent injury and improve on the mediocre performance he has put up so far in 2010. Josh Hamilton and Ian Kinsler lead a powerful attack, with the addition of Guerrero adding to that core, making the Texas Rangers a very intriguing team to watch for MLB betting this season.
The Oakland A’s will not give anyone much trouble again this year. Once again they have great young prospects and look to be good a few years down the line… but we know how that always ends up in Oakland. It will be a tight race down until the end, but the real fight will be for second place.
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MLB Series Betting- Chicago Cubs at White Sox 2009-06-26
The Windy City is about to get a whole lot windier with the Cubs invading the South Side of Chicago to face the White Sox. For the fans of these teams, this is really a treat, for the bragging rites of the town, no matter where they finish in the standings. (Be in the baseball betting action checking the LIVE ODDS, BETTING TRENDS, TEAM STATISTICS and PROPS like SERIES WAGERING each day)
The Cubs (34-35, -8.6 units) return to Chicago having lost the first four games of their road trip. Once again it is a lack of offense, averaging three runs per game to start the 10-game trip. The North Siders are just 6-14 (-9.2 Units) against the money line in road games after batting .250 or worse over a 20-game span this season.
The White Sox (35-37, -2.4 units) are feeling pretty spry after beating the best team in baseball, the Dodgers, two of three times. “Most importantly, we won a series against a club like the Dodgers, who came into town with the best record,” Sox outfielder Scott Podsednik said. “Maybe that will give us some momentum at home. We haven’t been playing that great here.”
The Pale Hose have won four of five and seven of last 10, as they try to get back to .500 on the season. Their win yesterday ended 0-2-1 home series drought. The down side is they are 23-37 having won three of their last four games over the last two seasons.
The White Sox will face Randy Wells (1-3, 2.57 ERA), who is coming off his first major league victory after finally receiving run support. He has allowed two or fewer runs in six of his eight starts, yet picked up just his first win last Sunday against Cleveland in 6-2 victory. He’ll face Jose Contreras (2-6, 5.23), who is 2-1 in last three starts with 1.23 ERA. Sportsbook.com has the Cubs as slight -110 money line favorites with total of Ov.9. The Cubs have been poor series starters and are 4-13 in road games when playing on Friday’s since last year. The White Sox by contrast are 13-3 as a home underdog of +100 to +125.
Game 1 Edge: Cubs
Mark Buehrle (7-2, 3.17) is one of the most dominant home pitchers in baseball. The left-hander and his Sox mates are 45-20 at US Cellular Field and he is 19-6 in interleague play. The month of June has been Buehrle’s time, with 27-11 record and the White Sox have won 20 of last 28 starts the lefty has made on Saturday.
Contrast those numbers with the Cubs and Ryan Dempster (4-5, 3.83) on the road. Coming into the series, the Cubbies are 5-16 in last 21 visitor assignments. This includes in part losing nine in a row in interleague play in road uniforms. Dempster and the Cubs have dropped 10 of 11 road games he’s started and if the Cubs lose on Friday, the two collectively are 0-9 off a defeat.
Game 2 Edge: White Sox
The final game of the series has Carlos Zambrano (4-2, 3.48) taking on John Danks (5-6, 4.43). Zambrano has complained he’s “bored” playing road interleague games, since he doesn’t get to hit with Cubs using DH. Big Z hasn’t pitched that way with 3-1 record and 2.78 ERA in away contests. Danks hasn’t been able to spot his pitches as well this year, being hurt by the long ball. The left-hander surrendered 15 home runs in 2008 and has allowed 11 already this year. Maybe pitching during the day will help, with his earned run average less than half playing in the afternoon compared to pitching at night (2.45 day vs 5.00 night).
Game 3 Edge: White Sox
These teams have taken turns sweeping each other the last two years off the Dan Ryan Freeway, with the Pale Hose taking all three a season ago. The White Sox have won four of last five and are playing better baseball at the moment. To borrow from Sox announcer Ken “Hawk” Harrelson, “Good Guys” take the weekend series.
Sportsbook.com series odds: Cubs +115, White Sox -145
StatFox Edge Pick: White Sox